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Monday 20 August 2018

Brogan: It's time to front up

BERNARD Brogan says it's time for Dublin to "front up" to the challenge of Kildare on Sunday in Croke Park and sweep their way through Leinster into the All-Ireland series.

The Footballer of the Year concedes that last year's route through the qualifiers helped build badly-needed confidence and momentum following Dublin's Leinster disaster.

But writing in his new blog on thedubhub.ie, Brogan insists: "Thoughts of the back door are for others.

"Kildare are in the doorway and we know next Sunday is going to be a huge battle.

"But days like this are the reason we were training at 6am back in the freezing winter," he says. "Time to front up to the challenge."

Describing Sunday's opponent as "a top six team," Brogan is understandably wary of Kildare's all-action style and says he and the rest of the Dublin forwards will have to do their bit to limit the Lilywhites' swashbuckling defenders.

"As forwards, we know we'll have to keep a close eye on the Kildare defenders because they are up and down non-stop, tracking, attacking and capable of scoring and will take some stopping.

"Ideally, you like to limit the opposition to between 10 and 12 points. But both Dublin and Kildare are teams that like to go for it and kick big scores, so stopping their runners won't be easy.

"Their strength is their ability to pour forward and kick scores from all over the place," Brogan adds. "Their wing backs, midfield and forwards will come up and have a go and that means every one of us will have to be on guard."

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